Certification

Certified Sanctions Specialist (CSS)

Certification Career Benefits

Current – In today’s era of specialization, sanctions experts are required to have a plethora of knowledge and skills so that they can apply that knowledge to their organization’s work. They need to be more than competent to conduct sanctions compliance, prepare for OFAC/sanctions examinations, establish work procedures, and keep current on legislative and regulatory issues.

Career Opportunities- Certification supports and enhances career advancement opportunities. Employers know that most qualified professional shave personal characteristics and technical skills that contribute to their institutions. With a CSS credential, the interviewing business, institution or agency is likely to give greater consideration to the certified candidate.

Community – Certification demonstrates to your colleagues and your employer that you possess demonstrable and certifiable skills to excel as a sanctions compliance professional.

Getting Certified

Who can take the exam?

Individuals who have met the minimum qualifications can sit for the exam. Eligibility to sit for the exam requires a minimum scoring based upon a combination of factors. Persons who have not yet met the minimum levels required can take continuing education programs with ACSS or other sources to reach the minimum requirements.

About the exam

The CSS exam will be the product of collaboration between ACSS, its Job Analysis Taskforce, and an independent company with expertise on research, testing, measurement, management and technology. The result will be a psychometrically sound exam that assures the quality and soundness of the ACSS certification program.

What topics will be on the exam?

The exam will focus on various aspects of the sanctions subject. A job analysis will determine the content and the importance of each knowledge area for the specialists in the field. The certification exam will be tailored to international best practices and basic frameworks for sanctions efforts around the world.

Where will the exam be administered?

Because ACSS members will reside all over the world; our ultimate goal is to use a computerized exam administration method. ACSS will begin to offer exams in 2020, multiple times per year. ACSS also plans to offer an online exam preparation publication with sample exam questions. Requirements to sit for the exam include the completion of an ACSS Exam

Application and payment of an application fee plus the costs for the testing service at the time of the exam.

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17 Certification Benefits

How Private Sector and Government Organizations Benefit From Having Their Staffs Certified as Certified Sanctions Specialists

  1. It validates competence and skill across the sanctions spectrum, including policy, due diligence, screening, compliance, investigations into sanctions evasion and more.
  2. In the dynamic sanctions era, it improves the organization’s ability to deal with this on an ongoing basis.
  3. It improves the organization’s image and reputation with counterparts, regulators, enforcement agencies, legislative bodies and others.
  4. It improves the ability to evaluate and economize on technology products and consulting or legal services that third parties offer.
  5. It gives a competitive advantage (did you know we can get a license?)
  6. It is universal and not based or dependent on the laws or regulations of one country.
  7. It helps establish employees as experts in legal and regulatory proceedings regarding sanctions, increasing credibility and standing and that of the organization.
  8. It produces a more favorable image with the media.
  9. It creates a better impression with counterparts, superiors, clients and others.
  10. It helps assure that employees understand and can handle the complex topic of sanctions.
  11. In the case of consulting or law firms, it increases their appeal to prospective clients.
  12. In the case of consulting or law firms, it increases their value and appeal to financial institutions, corporations and government agencies.
  13. In the case of consulting or law firms, it justifies an increase in billing rates for the certified persons.
  14. Itis unitary and cross-sector, meaning it is suitable for persons in diverse occupations, professions and industries, including non-bank, lawyers and government officials.
  15. It shows the organization trains and prepares its employees to handle the complex and dynamic topic of sanctions.
  16. In the case of private sector organizations, it shows that their employees can conduct customer due diligence tasks for sanctions purposes.
  17. It gives the management the confidence it has employees who are capable of dealing with diverse sanctions challenges.

Who can take the exam?
Individuals who have met the minimum qualifications can sit for the exam. Eligibility requires a minimum scoring based upon a combination of factors. Persons who have not yet met the minimum levels required can take continuing education programs with ACSS or other sources to reach the minimum requirements. (20 credits, see www.sanctionsassociation.org)

About the exam
The CSS exam will be the product of collaboration between ACSS, its job Analysis Taskforce, and an independent company with expertise on research, testing, measurement, management and technology. The result will be a psychometrically sound exam that assures the quality and soundness of the ACSS certification program.

What Topics will be on the exam?
The exam will focus on various aspects of the sanctions subject. A job analysis will determine the content and the importance of each knowledge area for the specialists in the field. The certification exam will be tailored to international best practices and basic frameworks for sanctions efforts around the world.

Where will the exam be administered?
Since ACSS members reside worldwide, we will use a computerized exam. Administration method, ACSS will begin to offer exams in 2020, multiple times per year. ACSS also will offer an online exam preparation publication with sample exam questions. Requirements to sit for the exam include the completion of an ACSS exam application and payment of an application fee plus the costs for the testing service at the time of them exam.

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